Business vs. social fraternities

While most Trinity students are aware of the strong presence of Greek life on campus, the distinction between business fraternities and social fraternities can be unclear. The Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi organizations have different qualities compared to social fraternities. Both business fraternities have similar purposes of easing the transition from school into the job market.

“The general purpose is to learn how to be prepared for the business environment outside of Trinity,” said senior Rodrigo Gallegos-Anda, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi. “It’s a sort of ‘pregaming’ for jobs in the real world.”

Maggie Emodi, a junior business major and member of Delta Sigma Pi, also discussed the benefits of joining a business fraternity.

“I use it for networking, and most business majors join it. You can always get help with homework,” Emodi said.

Social fraternities and sororities, on the other hand, have a different purpose.

“I believe the purpose of Greek life is to bring people together into a social sphere to grow as people and to positively impact our community,” said junior Sarah Fulton, a member of Greek Council and the sorority Alpha Chi Lambda.

Recruitment is a crucial aspect of all of Greek life. As a member of both Delta Sigma Pi and the social sorority Gamma Chi Delta, Emodi can compare the recruitment processes for both groups.

“We do things like speed dating, game nights, a dinner at Big Bob’s, and we invite people to come sit in on a general meeting to learn what Delta Sigma Pi is about. It’s not too much of a time commitment, especially compared to social Greek life,” Emodi said.

Alpha Kappa Psi, however, has a very unique recruitment process each semester with a strong emphasis on interview skills. Aside from information sessions and socials, those interested in joining the business fraternity will have a formal interview with almost every active member throughout the process.

“You learn a lot about what really matters. When you are giving an interview, you can really see what is right and what is wrong, and you can reflect on that and improve your own skills,” Gallegos-Anda said.

Both groups are very involved on campus. For example, Alpha Kappa Psi hosts Dress to Impress, a workshop on what clothing and behavior is acceptable in a professional environment. Delta Sigma Pi sponsors speakers to come to campus and give business-related talks, which are open to anyone interested.

Social Greek life members are active on campus mainly due to the standards set by Greek Council.

“Standards exist so that Greek life can continue to develop and become more beneficial to the Trinity community and to the Greek organizations themselves; standards set the bar for academic performance, service participation and campus involvement,” Fulton said.

Delta Sigma Pi members are required to be business or economics majors. Alpha Kappa Psi does not have any major requirement, and at least 20 percent of the members are not business majors at all. Both have upcoming information sessions open to anyone interested in joining a business fraternity.